2022 Georgia Election
Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
Voter ID Required? Yes
Georgia election website: georgia.gov/voting
STATE OF ABORTION IN GEORGIA
To Protect Abortion in November:
Stacey Abrams (D), Challenger
Abrams has been a champion for reproductive rights and justice. If elected, she promises to do all she can to reverse Georgia’s cruel and dangerous law that bans abortion after about six weeks, before many people even know they’re pregnant.
For women in Georgia, especially women of color in Georgia, Brian Kemp is dangerous. He does not intend to protect women or their bodies.Stacey Abrams, 6/26/2022
After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended federal constitutional protection of abortion, Abrams doubled down on her commitment to protect abortion access in Georgia — saying she would “work every day to ensure access to affordable and safe health care, including abortion.”
Abrams backs federal legislation to restore nationwide protection of abortion rights, and vows to “do everything in [her] power to reverse” Georgia’s ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy — which is before many people even know they’re pregnant.
Expansion of Medicaid is a top priority for Abrams — who says covering the uninsured would help improve reproductive health care for Georgians with low incomes and people in rural communities, many of whom lack health care providers.
Brian Kemp (R), Incumbent
Kemp has proven time and time again to be a danger to the lives and well-being of Georgians — and will stop at nothing to strip Georgians of their fundamental rights.
Georgians should rest assured that I will continue to fight for the strongest [anti-abortion] law in the country.Brian Kemp, 5/3/2022
Kemp is the architect of a ban on abortion at six weeks, before many people know they are pregnant. The ban was blocked in 2020. But after the U.S. Supreme Court ended federal constitutional protection of the right to abortion in June, a lower court allowed the ban to take effect.
Georgians reject the extreme abortion bans that Kemp and other anti-abortion rights politicians have imposed on the people of the state: 68% of Georgia voters said they opposed the Supreme Court overturning Roe, according to a January poll.
Under Kemp, Georgia has remained among 12 states that have refused to expand Medicaid — leaving Georgia with one of the lowest levels of health insurance coverage in the country, and jeopardizing care in rural areas, where access to health care providers was already scarce.
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Raphael Warnock (D), Incumbent
Warnock, who was elected to the Senate in 2021, has demonstrated an uncompromising belief in the right to safe, affordable reproductive health care — including abortion — time after time.
I’ll never back down from this fight because women should be able to make their own health care decisions.Raphael Warnock, 6/24/2022
Rev. Warnock has been a vocal supporter of abortion rights for years — and worked as a sexual health educator before joining the clergy. Dr. Ginger Davis Floyd, a former state public health official, has said:“From first-hand experience, I know he is a tremendous advocate for women's health, contraceptive access, and the pro-choice movement.”
In the Senate, Warnock co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, a federal law that would protect the right to abortion.
Warnock is the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — the church once led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Warnock says, “I am a pro-choice pastor,” and calls access to abortion “a critical part of inclusive health care.”
Herschel Walker (R), Challenger
Walker favors a national abortion ban — without exceptions.
There’s no exception in my mind. Like I say, I believe in life. I believe in life.Herschel Walker, 5/18/2022
Responding to a survey by an anti-abortion group, Walker wrote that he would vote for any anti-abortion legislation (*.pdf), “even if the legislation is not perfect.” Walker supports no exceptions, including in cases of rape or incest or to protect the life of the pregnant person.
Walker supports mandatory ultrasounds (*.pdf) — a medically unnecessary and sometimes invasive procedure — for abortion patients..
Endorsed by major national anti-abortion groups that promote restrictions on access to abortion and birth control, Walker has accepted money to speak on behalf of “crisis pregnancy centers” — facilities that often have no on-staff medical providers and exist solely to promote misinformation and propaganda to deter patients from accessing abortion.
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